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Devin Shane Mccutchen

C.Phil. U.S. History. University of California, Los Angeles. 2013.
M.A. U.S. History. University of California, Los Angeles. 2012.
B.A. History Major and Music Minor. University of California, Berkeley. 2008.

Fax: 310-206-7833
E-mail: devinmccutchen@ucla.edu


California, Cultural, Urban, Western US, Public History

Research Interests

My research focuses on the connections between spatial justice and civic memory in San Francisco from the 1940s through the 1970s. In particular, I focus on the transition to a tourism economy, the effects of urban redevelopment and gentrification, contests over highrise and freeway construction, and the rise of historic preservation efforts. Furthermore, I attempt to tie these changes to the new lucrative, historically-themed civic identity for San Francisco invented in the post-war decades.

Additionally, I am also interested in American musical traditions and the use of music as historical documents.


I also Tweet about San Francisco history, politics, and development issues: @DevinMcCutchen


Digital Publications:

Public History:
  • Volunteer for the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project's Narratives of Displacement oral history project.
  • Youth mentor for the "SoHDA History Day" project at the School of History and Dramatic Arts at Los Angeles Unified School District's Sonia Sotomayor Learning Academies, organized through the UCLA History Department's Public History Initiative. 2012-2013. Los Angeles, CA.
  • "Think California" On curatorial team for exhibit at the California Historical Society. Opened September 25, 2009. San Francisco, CA.



Grants and Awards


  • Stephen Aron - Co-Chair. UCLA History Department, Autry National Center Institute for the Study of the American West
  • Eric Avila - Co-Chair. Departments of History, Chicano Studies and Urban Planning

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